May 23, 2014, 4:15 a.m.
Thessaloniki

PERKA - Communal Garden in Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki, Greece

 

We were invited by the friendly people from Perka, whose goal is the communal and in season cultivation of vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs in a field or an appropriate space near the city of Thessaloniki. The space in question used to be a military camp, that they have now successfully converted into an organic garden. Their group is open to everyone willing to grow their own produce. By bringing people closer to nature and by growing their own food, they encourage a different approach towards human interaction, a different world view even. As our hosts explained, seemingly small things such as seeing a seed develop into a crop, then harvesting it and preparing it as food, can have a tremendous impact on our urban way of thinking. The last century has seen people being born in cities without realizing how exactly food is being produced or grown. There has been an emotional detachment caused by the packaged goods we find in supermarkets. It is then easier for companies to further reduce the quality of our food, which in terms has a huge negative effect on our health. 

Read more on Bogdan's blog: https://citizenspact.eu/blog/244/ and on Elena's blog on Vio.Me: https://citizenspact.eu/blog/236/

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